I was lucky enough to see The Dust Storm at the Stony Brook Film Festival in NY this summer. I didn't know what to expect going into it, keeping an open mind, and after seeing it, I was pleasantly surprised and completely moved by the whole film.á
The picturesque views & bright lights of Nashville, as well as an incredible array of bands and music, create the backdrop to tell the story of 'What happens when the one that got away, comes back?' Colin O'Donoghue (Once Upon A Time) and Kristen Gutoskie (Containment) give utterly stellar performances and their on-screen chemistry is amazing. The film has its moments of witty banter, a bit of laughter, romance and raw emotion, between characters Brennan & Nora, displaying the actors incredible range, in turn, completely blowing me away. Added bonus: they're both musically talent, vocally and instrumentally, which left me wanting to hear more, as I'm a huge fan of music. (I suggest doing a YouTube search for them, you won't be disappointed.) The band, The Feedback Revival, which perform as the soundtrack to the initial trailer, also appear in the film while their song 'Beautiful Life' sets the tone for an emotional scene between the two leads.
I walked out of the theater feeling speechless and awestruck by the performances, immediately wanting to see it again. It also left me thirsty for a beer, as there were plentiful amounts of drinking, and wanting to check off my bucket list by taking a trip to Nashville! It's not often that a film sticks with me, but The Dust Storm stayed with me for weeks after seeing it and I couldn't wait to tell my friends about how great it was and suggesting they see it as soon as they get the chance. Major kudos to Anthony Baldino III & Ryan Lacen for putting together a fantastic ensemble of a cast and bands to create a stunning, music-filled film. I'm counting down the days to the film's December 13th DVD release date so I can watch it over and over again!